FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski set two new NFL records for tight ends in 2011 while Wes Welker led the NFL in receptions with 122. Both were recognized as first-team All-Pro, as announced by the Associated Press on Friday.
Gronkowski had the greatest statistical season of any tight end in NFL history, catching a record 17 touchdowns while rushing for another. His 1,327 yards were 17 more than Jimmy Graham of the Saints.
Welker was on an NFL-record record pace for yards receiving through five games, amassing 740 yards in New England's 4-1 start. He finished with 122 catches, a career-high 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. Tom Brady, a uninanimous selection as NFL MVP in 2010 and All-Pro, finished third in voting behind first-teamer Aaron Rodgers of the Packers and Drew Brees of the Saints.
The NFC had 16 first-team All-Pros while the AFC had 12.
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Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning, with the main topics of discussion Bill O'Brien's expected departure for Penn State and who the Patriots might hire to replace him.
King said he does not know O'Brien personally, but he does not envy the challenge he'd face at Penn State.
"The only thing that would worry me if I were him is that I don't know how you're going to win there over the next couple of years," King said. "Your recruiting is going to be shattered this year and probably for a year or two afterward. He can be the greatest coach in the world, but I don't know how he's going to win much there in the next two or three years."
Some prominent former Nittany Lions have questioned the school's decision to pursue someone with no Penn State ties and not consulting them. King called the commenters "stupid alumni."
FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been assured by Bill O'Brien that he will finish his tenure as Patriots offensive coordinator, staying on for as long as the team is alive in the playoffs, according to a report in Friday's online edition of the Boston Herald.
Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were informed by O'Brien that he would accept the job as Penn State's next football coach, replacing Joe Paterno as the full time coach starting in 2012.
”I personally spoke to him, and he committed to me, that he would do everything he could to help us to try to continue to win,” Kraft told the Herald's Karen Guregian in a phone conversation Friday morning. ”And that’s good for his legacy, too.”
O'Brien was in State College on Thursday for an interview as the Patriots were practicing during their playoff bye week. He later accepted the job.
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According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who will appear on Mut & Merloni at noon, the Rams will not stand in the way of Josh McDaniels leaving for another job. McDaniels joined the Rams after being fired as Broncos coach and is under contract, but King tweeted that the team "won't hold him to his contract."
McDaniels is rumored to be a candidate to replace Billy O'Brien, who is expected to be named Penn State coach Saturday.
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Steelers assistant coach Kirby Wilson, a former Patriots assistant, was badly burned in a house fire in suburban Pittsburgh early Friday morning.
The 50-year-old Wilson, who is in his fifth season as Pittsburgh's running backs coach, was flown to a local hospital. Wilson coached Patriots running backs from 1997-99.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family,” Steelers president Art Rooney said in a statement. “We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”
The Steelers visit the Broncos on Sunday in an opening-round game of the AFC playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys end the show listening to Gary Tanguay channeling his 1980 DJ roots. Also, producer Ken Laird is forced to read 'Love on the Other Side of the Glass again'
Kirk rips Gary for being a bad father, although both could be headed for divorce
Minihane, Tanguay and Giradi get serious for about twenty minutes to discuss the Celtics chances of landing anybody in free agency.
Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase talk about John Farrell, the Front Office, and the Sox Roster.
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase to talk about the Bruins signing David Backes to a 5 year deal, and Torey Krug to a 4 year deal, and NHL Free Agency as a whole.
Conservative Curt and Liberal John go toe-to-toe about guns and politics.
The Bruin's defenseman joins Michael and Dale to talk about his new contract, his new teammate David Backes, and how the Bruins are ready to get back to the playoffs
We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.
Should he stay or should he go? We discuss it.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable go over the state of the Red Sox minor league, with help from the voice of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Mike Antonellis.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.
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The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SIMore from this show
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